Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Need free transportation in Salem? Your search is over!

There's a new way to explore Salem, and it's free and available to residents and visitors!

A new bicycle sharing program, provided by the City of Salem and Salem State University, opened near the Hawthorne Hotel and at the Salem State Central Campus on Monday.

Called Salem Spins, the program makes bikes available for free (a credit card and valid ID are required for security purposes) to residents, visitors and students.

There are two hubs in Salem, one at Salem State University, which is available only to students and faculty with a Clipper Card, and the other at the Hawthorne Hotel (near Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard).  To borrow a bike, simply visit the front desk at the Hawthorne Hotel, where you’ll be supplied with a key to unlock one of the bicycles. Although there is no charge to borrow a bike, you will need to show a credit card and valid ID for security purposes. It’s an easy transaction, and an easy and unique way to explore historic Salem…and it's FREE!

Salem Spins will be offered from September through November and will re-open after the winter season in March.  Rental schedules are weather permitting and the program is active only during daylight hours.

Program underwriters and sponsors include the Green Communities Division of the MA Department of Energy Resources, the Hawthorne Hotel, and Salem Cycle.

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